The sonora chili pepper is an Anaheim variety with a mild flavor, thick pepper walls, perfect for making stuffed peppers or for drying. Learn more about them.
Scoville Heat Units: 300–600 SHU
The Sonora is an Anaheim variety with a very mild flavor. It grows to about 10” in length and up to 1 ½” wide, and although it matures to red, it is commonly used in its less mature, green form. They are perfect for chiles rellenos since the skin is thick and sturdy. The plant is known to be very disease resistant, making it relatively easy to grow. They are very common in the United States, especially the northwest.
The Sonora has many delicious uses. It is great for drying, and perfect for salads, salsas or pickling.
Sonora Chili Pepper Flavor Profile
The flavor of Sonora chili peppers is rather mild and sweet, similar to a hearty bell pepper or mild jalapeno. They are often used when green and less mature, and are great for chiles rellenos.
Sonora chilies are perfect for drying and are often found for sale in their dried form, making them ideal for use in soups and as a spice rub on meats.
Sonora Pepper Substitutes
Use Anaheim chilies or jalapenos to taste in place of Sonora chili peppers. They can be used interchangeably with Anaheim chilies.